1. June 2022
DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day

Pro­mo­tion of col­lab­o­ra­tions in the field of quan­tum com­put­ing

Participants at the DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day
Par­tic­i­pants at the DLR Ger­man / Cana­di­an Part­ner­ing Day
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Participants at the DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day

The DLR Ger­man / Cana­di­an Part­ner­ing Day brought to­geth­er com­pa­nies and re­search in­sti­tu­tions from Cana­da and Ger­many that are work­ing in quan­tum com­put­ing or with quan­tum tech­nolo­gies in gen­er­al. The par­tic­i­pants met at the DLR In­no­va­tion Cen­ter in Ulm.
DLR site in Ulm
DLR site in Ulm
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DLR site in Ulm

DLR re­search work in Ulm fo­cus­es on quan­tum tech­nolo­gies, bat­tery re­search and AI se­cu­ri­ty. Com­pa­nies in­volved in the Quan­tum Com­put­ing Ini­tia­tive work in close co­op­er­a­tion with the DLR in­sti­tutes at the DLR In­no­va­tion Cen­ter.
  • Companies and research institutions gave presentations at the DLR Innovation Centre in Ulm about their activities.
  • Partnerships can improve access to new markets.
  • Focus: Digitalisation, quantum computing, international cooperation, innovation

At the 'DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day', held at the Innovation Centre in Ulm, companies and research institutions from Canada and Germany that work in quantum computing or with quantum technologies gave presentations about their work. Participants were cordially invited to the event by the Quantum Computing Initiative at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). The focus of the talks and pitches was to promote industrial cooperation in research and development between Germany and Canada. Future commercialisation of quantum technologies was also a key point of the meeting.

"Canada, with its commercial companies working in the field of quantum computing, is an attractive partner for future collaboration as part of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative. The DLR Quantum Computing Initiative is driving this forward with this Partnering Day," said Robert Axmann, Head of the Quantum Computing Initiative at DLR. Quantum technologies are seen as a promising economic field for the future.

Cooperation is possible, for example, in the development of new products and services. The validation of technologies in new markets also offer opportunities for collaboration. "With their strong competence in research and development, Germany and Canada are well suited to improve their global competitiveness and access to markets through this cooperation," explained Dominik Saile, a member of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative team.

The event was organised by the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative in cooperation with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

Quantum technologies at DLR in Ulm

The DLR site in Ulm hosts three institutes – the Institute for AI Safety and Security, the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics and the Institute of Quantum Technologies, which was opened a year ago. The latter develops measurement technologies based on quantum mechanical effects. The precision instruments necessary will be brought to prototype maturity in close cooperation with industry. At the DLR Innovation Centre in Ulm, companies involved in the Quantum Computing Initiative work in close cooperation with other DLR institutes.

Quantum computers

Quantum computers work on the basis of quantum physics. Their quantum bits (qubits) can not only assume the states 0 and 1, but also an infinite number of values in between. This is what distinguishes quantum computers from conventional computers and makes them so powerful. At DLR, several institutes are already working with quantum technologies.

  • Katja Lenz
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    DLR Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5401
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • Robert Axmann
    Head Quan­tum Com­put­ing Ini­tia­tive
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ex­ec­u­tive Board Projects and Quan­tum Com­put­ing Ini­tia­tive
    Hansestraße 115
    51149 Cologne
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Qubits (quantum bits) are the smallest computing and storage units of a quantum computer, based on the laws of quantum mechanics. In contrast to the classic bits of conventional digital computers, which can only have states 0 and 1, qubits can assume an infinite number of intermediate values. Two-state quantum systems at the atomic level (for example atoms, ions or light quanta) or in solids (for example in semiconductors or superconductors) serve as qubits.

Quantum mechanics / Quantum physics

Branch of physics in which physical processes are described in the world of the very smallest objects, at the atomic level.

Quantum computer

Novel form of computer that works on the basis of the laws of quantum physics. Its quantum bits (qubits) can not only assume the states 0 and 1, but also intermediate values. Quantum computers have the potential to solve certain tasks that classical computers are not able to.